The quality of the yarding is really showing the effects of the dry conditions with only a limited selection of prime cattle in all sections. Not all the regular buyers were operating with the absence of some feeder buyers
A fair quality yarding with reasonable numbers of young cattle, quality was similar to the previous sale with a number showing the effects of the very hot and dry conditions.
The bulk of the yarding at Dubbo yesterday were sourced from local districts with very few far western cattle throughout the yarding which is probably due to the very hot conditions which would make it almost impossible to muster. Most of the regular buyers were operating with the exception of some feeder orders and one major export processor has not yet commenced for the year.
The last prime cattle sale for the year for Dubbo produced a much smaller yarding with numbers dropping by 1600 for a total of 2560 cattle.
Young cattle to the trade were 5c cheaper with heifer vealers selling from 290c to 316c/kg. Almost all of the steer yearlings sold to the feeders or backgrounds while the few prime heifer yearlings to the trade sold from 255c to 299c/kg.
A good quality yarding with a top selection of grown steers in prime condition a number of which had come off crops or have had grain assistance.
Most categories sold to easier rates in a yarding of 3550 head, down by 250 on the previous week. It was only a fair quality yarding with limited numbers of prime cattle throughout the yarding.
Most grades were represented with good numbers of young cattle to suit the feeders backgrounders and restockers along with a good selection of cows. There were not the numbers of well finished grown steers compared to the previous sale and there were a few consignments of plainer cattle in from the far west with loads coming in from Broken Hill, Bourke, Condobolin along with the normal local cattle. Not all the regular buyers were operating with the absence of a couple of feeder orders.
The outstanding display of large numbers of bullocks in prime condition was the highlight in mostly good quality yarding.
Young cattle to the trade were 6c to 10c dearer with most of the support coming from Southern processors and central tablelands processors.